Actually, I would rather them to include the patrol ability. All of the good rts have the control to patrol
2) There is too little variation in terrain. Planets of the same type are exactly the same size, why not randomise this slightly? Phase jumps are equally quick from any gravwell, perhaps differentiate by type? Lets have more part-blocked gravwells, space swamps. Also, in the original game, the stock pirates need a phase inhibitor or two to be effective as a block...
Get the distant star mod then.
This thing of saying "If you want a particular effect, install a mod, or mod it yourself" is simply not good enough. Unless Sins implements an Auto-Download and Install of Custom Made Maps and Mods, its just not good enough to wish away certain changes with a "Go get a Mod", Especially since patches and updates tend to crash existing mods, and the people who build the mods wont usually have the time and resources to continually build, improve, maintain and expand on what is essentially a hobby. Something that could/would (maybe positively, maybe not, but definitly not negatively) affect the game for all players, be they SP, MP or Modders, should not be made the responsibility of a hobbyist.
(14) not necessarily same(one would think that a decent civilisation would not need to resort to black markets for resources) normal markets allow discounts between allies etc....
so create research that reduces the tribute tax between allies... When it says Black Market, it implies a secret, underground market that facilitates trade between elements of each Empire that are more concerned with profit than ideals and pride and revenge.
What im saying, basically, is that within each empire, you have a set amount of resources at any one time. You have access to the sum total of all resources of any and all planets within your empire, essentially without having to pay (thats why you dont have to 'buy' your crystal off each individual planet and put it in your coffers). However, if you only have X metal in your 'coffers' and you need Y metal, you need to trade for more. It does not matter if you own every volcanic world in the solar system, when you dont have the metal, you dont have the metal, this is where you need to call on another empires stockpiles of resources. The reason it is called a Black Market, is because (alliances aside) considering these 3 empires are 'mortal enemies' they would have no reason/incentive/ability/perogative to trade resources, no matter how dire the need. Hence, why its a Black Market, and not a real market ala the modern day Global Economy of the Star Trek galactic economy with morals and honor and codes of conduct etc.
So yeah, basically, if you want to make tributing allies cheaper, just put in some research to drop the tribute tax or compensate for it some other way.